Black Hole Sun, by David Macinnis Gill (Greenwillow, 2010)

On Mars, you grow up fast or not at all. For Durango, the teenage leader of a motley band of mercenaries, that means taking deadly jobs so he can give his imprisoned father a better life in jail. It also means traveling halfway across the planet to defend broke miners from cannibal raiders, while dealing with rich kid wannabes, lecherous explosive experts, and a know-it-all has-been rounding out his team. It means fighting for his life and praying someone has his back, lest someone stick a knife in it. It means living with shame instead of dying with honor. That’s the Mars of this futuristic action-packed adventure, in some ways a pulp throwback full of shamelessly old-fashioned fun, and in some ways a purely modern thrill ride. Gill really knows how to tell a ripping good story.

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